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Following the announcement that Professor Donal Bradley will be leaving Oxford in April to become vice-president for research at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Professor Sam Howison has been appointed as Head of the MPLS Division on an interim basis for the period from 1 April 2019 until a new Head of Division takes up post.

Professor Howison has strong links across the Division and is an eminent mathematician who served as Director of the Oxford Centre for Applied and Industrial Mathematics, Director of the Nomura Centre for Mathematical Finance, and as Head of Department for the Mathematical Institute from 2011-15. The process of appointing a permanent Head of MPLS will be discussed at the next meeting of Council in March.